There is one true God, infinite in being and perfection, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality.
The Holy Spirit was promised by the Father in the Old Testament. He is God's personal, empowering presence. The Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict mankind of sin and to draw us to Christ's saving cross. He imparts new spiritual life to all believers, continually indwells them, and seals them until the day of redemption. He baptizes believers into the Body of Christ, the church, and every believer is to surrender to His will as they are conformed to the image of Christ.
Mankind (male and female) was created in the image of God and blessed with communion with God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all people are alienated from their Creator and have a corrupt nature. They are unable to please God or accomplish anything that pertains to salvation. Every person is in need of forgiveness, regeneration, and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
There is one true universal church comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and all those who come into union with Him become part of holy community. The Church is described in Scripture as a "body", a living temple, saints, and a "bride". CCC believes in and celebrates the great diversity within the body of Christ, while affirming unity in the essentials of the Faith.
Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Godhead, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and thus became perfect man without ceasing to be God—two complete natures, divine and human, existing in one person. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross for the sins of mankind thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in His physical body, ascended into heaven, and will one day return to earth literally, personally, and visibly.
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments are our sole rule of faith and practice. We believe that it was verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible provides for the practical instruction and is meant to be read, studied, obeyed. We believe that all good Bible instruction points to the saving work of Jesus who alone illuminates its truth and reveals the character of God to us.
All who trust in Christ for salvation are saved by grace alone through faith alone, in Christ alone. Being saved in Christ from everlasting judgment, all believers will enjoy the presence of God forever. Believers are justified, ransomed, victorious over death through Christ's resurrection; and reconciled through Christ's substitutionary work on the cross.